Day In My Life
So, what's it like being CEO of three all-female businesses?
EARLY EARLY MORNING
Right now, it's eeeeearly in the morning. I've recently started waking up at 6am, making a cappuccino, and since it's winter, getting back into bed with my laptop, to start work.
I like this time to focus on marketing - or how I like to call it at this time of day - "creation" (it just sounds more fun and exciting that way!).
Without the pull of meetings, and actual business hours, I feel like I can have a couple of hours to just focus on writing, on putting together pretty instagram feeds, on making creative lists of what's next.
HEADING INTO THE DAY
Next up, I squeeze in 10 minutes of yoga, and 10 minutes of meditation. I don't think I'm particularly good at either of these things, but I can actively notice on the days that I skip these things that it's just not as good of a day.
I read that the regularity of meditation has a far greater impact than the length or depth of it - so even ten minutes each day is having a good effect! Win!
Breakfast is up next - and is almost always the same thing - two medium boiled eggs, on an English muffin, oh my gosh yum!
Now this comes down to the day of the week.
Monday mornings are just a blur of admin - checking in with the team after the weekend, making sure my office manager and studio manager are all sorted in their relevant inboxes, and seeing if they need any help with big jobs or unusual requests.
Tuesday and Thursday mornings are started with a core team stand up meeting on Zoom - it's a great chance to check in, see each other's faces, and we quickly chat about each aspect of the biz, and make sure nothing is slipping through the cracks.
We also do all our client meetings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings - usually this is with clients requesting graphic design work, and it's a great chance to jump on Zoom with them, and start chatting about hues, colours, tones, textures, and how they'd like their brands to come to life.
Keeping all my meetings together means that there are fewer interruptions on other days, and less stop-start in terms of workflow.
A BIT OF EVERYTHING
I do my best to batch-work - it's the only way to stay somewhat sane with the large amount of offerings we have, hehe! So if I'm focusing on marketing, I'll give myself a good hour to just purely focus on that one task.
END OF DAY
I try and wrap up the work hours with a bit of a break - going for a walk with friends, doing an online pilates class, or simply taking a moment to sit on my balcony and stare at the trees for a bit.
Because, after dinner, well, it's back to work!
Scientifically, our brains are a little more creative when tired - the logical, planning, processing part of the brain quietens down, and I find this is a great time to work on things that are a bit more creative. I might do some edits (if our editing team has overflow), or work on some website design. And yes, often this is with a bit of Netflix at the same time (hehe!)
SEASON OF GROWTH
This season of my life - this one of growth, of pandemics, of change, of newness - well, each day is different, some of them are incredibly challenging, some are the most fun I've ever had.
Getting to devote myself to this work right now is a privilege as well, and I accept it as such, so that the long days are something I'm grateful for - that our rosters are full because we have clients booking our services, that all the work of the past nine years is paying off - that we are seeing growth and expansion even during a pandemic.
I still have days when I feel like I'm drowning, like I worked non-stop, and achieved absolutely nothing. Days when I feel like I should be better at this whole thing - a better leader, a better human, a better business owner.
And on those days I try and remind myself to take a breath, to cut myself a little slack, to stare at the trees for a moment longer, and then to start again the next day.
What is a day in your life like at the moment? Are you also all work-work-work in this season?
Robyn Davie is the CEO of the Robyn Davie Creative Studio brand, based in Johannesburg. Her all-female team offers lifestyle photography, graphic and digital design, and studio rental through Fynn Studio.
She has Psychology and Corporate Communication degrees, and is constantly pushing herself to learn more on a daily basis. She has more than 15 years combined experience, managing her company; working as an art director and wardrobe stylist; running her own jewellery line in Los Angeles; and working in events in New York and Johannesburg.
The brand has proudly partnered with the iStore in 2020, and won multiple awards through Admired in Africa. Innovation is at the forefront of what they do - always adapting their product offerings, and aiming to stand out from the crowd with fresh, bold and bright photography.
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